It’s the unofficial start of summer, and if you’re anything like us you’re starting to think about the beach! There’s no better way to spend a hot summer day than with your toes in the sand. Of course, the beach with kids (in particular young kids) can be difficult. Between the tents, the toys, and the blankets…it’s a lot to keep track of! Still, it’s possible to have a pretty incredible day with the littles—if you plan in advance. We’ve got eight beach hacks for fun in the sun with your kids.
You know how busy the beach gets around 11am? That’s what you want to avoid when you’re with baby. You’re probably up early anyways, so try to load up the car and hit the road as soon as you can. By getting there early you’ll score a prime spot with plenty of room to spread out your gear. You can also get a few hours in before it gets really hot, and be home (in air conditioned bliss) while the rest of the world is just arriving.
A baby pool is one of the best baby products and a great way to contain your littles. Not only does it act as a mini play-yard, it keeps the sand away from baby. Cover it with an umbrella, drop a few toys in, and you’re set for a few hours of clean play. Look for one that’s inflatable and easy to compress.
This one sounds a little strange…but we promise it’s one of the BEST ways to create a clean play space for baby! Turn your fitted bedsheet upside down and put a bag in each corner, pulling up the edges. You’re essentially creating a portable playpen. Just check out this post for all the details.
Moms in the know may be familiar with this one—baby powder is the best way to remove stuck-on sand. Rub a little on your baby’s feet and hands—or anywhere they’re coated with sand. Just like magic, it will come right off.
This could be the most genius way to deter would-be thieves. Just wrap your wallet, keys, or anything else of value in a new diaper. No pickpocket is going to take a chance on that package!
Of course, you can find more expensive branded mesh “beach bags”, but a mesh laundry bag works just as well and is SO much more affordable. This is the BEST way to store all those beach toys. Just shake the bag (or rinse it off) and you’ll be sand-free.
We all know how important it is to reapply sunscreen regularly…but hot, runny sunblock is no fun! Between applications? Store your sunscreen in your cooler. It will feel so refreshing on warm skin.
This one isn’t really a hack…but we think our multi use nursing cover deserves a mention because it is the BEST (and most versatile!) baby essential for the beach. Not only is it a breastfeeding cover up, it doubles as a lightweight blanket or towel. And so many of our mamas love the stretchy car seat cover function for any baby still in a car seat. It probably goes without saying, but our product is SO much more than a nursing cover up. Check out some of our fun summer prints or go with one of our breathable covers like “Breezy Sand Mismatch”.
What’s your favorite beach hack for baby? Let us know in the comments!